Dying hour is the most important moment for one's future rebirth
9 January, 2015
Many people have accumulated a lot of good merit during his life time, but the most important and influential, in fact, is the moment of approaching death. Some people may perform good deeds in his life, but at dying, they may arise such great anger and hatred, and this will let him be born lower realm. The feats shining example of King Ashoka who with splendid meritorious exploit, he is predicted by Lord Buddha that a virtuous ruler who will appear after hundred years of time and he will built eighty-four thousand pagodas (stupas).
When King Ashoka suffers from and reaches the moment of dying, one his chamber maid who assisting him by fanning, who perhaps doze over her duty and accidentally his King Ashoka's head with her fan. King Ashoka is very angry. He thinks that being the ruler of his own country, he is insulted by lady's action, before he die, he arises strong anger at such moment, it results he to be reborn as a poisonous dragon.
Therefore, during dying, it is best to have a lama (teacher) who we possessed faith to stay by our side, rather than to let a teachers do not trust to stay near us, or someone who will make us angry to accompany at our side. Because death is the key, even if one has accumulated great merit in his lifetime, if an evil thought arises during his dying moment, he will therefore reborn to the lower realm; or even if one has committed a lot of evil deeds during his lifetime, but he repents it before he die, his life will still subject to change.
After listening to such words, we still can not say: "I can act wildly against law and public opinion today, anyhow it is still good if I make great efforts at dying." By occasion at the time of real dying, for example, we have experienced great sufferings from accident or or serious illness, maybe we don't even have time to "think". Therefore, we must grasp the opportunity to do Dharma practice when we still alive.
~ The teaching from the second session of "Jewel Ornament of Liberation" during Ceremony of the Second Arya Kshema.http://gyalwangkarmapa.blogspot.tw/2015/01/blog-post_73.html
Translated by 龔詠輝